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Published October 15th 2015
Take A Lovely Riverside Walk Through Flocks Of Sheep
The pretty River Mease offers a variety of delightful nature walks across three neighbouring countries within the Midlands.
The lowland river flows through Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and is so highly prized that it has been designed as a Special Area of Conservation under European Union legislation, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest within the UK.
The Mease owes its existence to a merging of smaller streams in North West Leicestershire, from where it flows westwards for about 16 miles across a largely rural and agricultural landscape. It then meets up with the River Trent at Croxall in Staffordshire, before its waters eventually reach the North Sea on Humberside.
The River Mease as it flows through rural Staffordshire
The walk takes you out of the pretty little village via a narrow country lane, emerging out into a field, which was occupied by a flock of contented looking sheep during my stroll.
From there, I crossed over the pasture and headed for a stile in the far hedgerow, close to where it meets the river. Then, on the other side, I followed the river round and crossed into another field where a fairly new looking footbridge enabled me to cross over the Mease.